Palm Beach County Foreclosures Remain Volatile

Third Party Bidders Again Grab over 15% of Foreclosed Properties 

The foreclosure auctions here in Palm Beach County still remain an every day occurrence during the normal work week and the roller coaster ride continues again this week. If you look at the chart showing the number of foreclosures on a weekly basis over the past 6 months it looks like a bizarre mountain range in some crazy old cartoon.

Home inventory levels remain very low compared to what home buyers have been accustomed to over the past 5 years and it is very difficult to find homes for buyers that have been spoiled with plenty of choices. This weekend I will be with two clients who will gladly write a contract if we can find them a home that it is in good condition and well priced in relationship to recent sales. Let’s just say we need inventory or prices will start to feel upside pressure and with the overall economic turmoil this would not necessarily be a good thing for the south Florida real estate market

The chart above shows the 6 month trend of foreclosures in Palm Beach County and as you see the numbers have been higher over the three months but the numbers are all over the board. This week, the actual foreclosure auction numbers decreased by 76 to 166 units from 242 the previous week and more in line with the trend numbers we have seen over the past 5 weeks. With shortened holiday weeks and a general slowdown this time of year we expect more volatility and probably lower weekly numbers as we work our way towards 2012.

The success rate of third party bidders continues with another solid week where they were successful in 15.06% of this weeks auctions. I see some crazy low numbers pop up when banks appear to not have a clue when bidding in some auction. Showed a home yesterday that was listed at about 300% what one lucky bidder snapped it up for. Those who play the auction game are having some great deals during this time when on some deals banks appear to have that deer in the headlight look.

Here at “Results Driven Real Estate” we are passionate about the market and love assisting each one of our clients achieve their real estate goals. If we can ever be of help in any way with your needs throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties please feel free to contact Tom at 561 308-0175 or via e-mail at It would be my sincere honor to work with you!

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester   e-PRO
“Results Driven Real Estate”

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175


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Tom Priester

After spending years among the top individual performers at one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Tom Priester knew there was another way to do real estate. A better way. Real estate services focused on the customer. Like the old days when the customer truly was #1. He tired of listening to why he should be going out to have his customers sign one sided buyers’ brokerage agreements. He tired of hearing how he should be selling customers why paying higher commissions, like 7% and 8%, was to their benefit. He tired of hearing how he should sell his clients on why they should be paying hundreds of dollars in additional “transaction fees”. The business had slid way too far from being focused on the customer. His customer. So he decided the time was right to be different… design. To start his own unique boutique real estate firm truly focused on his customers. They will now have access to a process focused on them. Only the best marketing techniques to sell their homes. No cutting corners. Commission structures based on his clients needs not his. Paradise Sharks was born out of Tom’s passion to return this business to the customer. Where it belongs. If you want a real estate experience that benefits you, just give Tom a call at 561 308-0175 or send him an e-mail at You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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